A responsible and loving father of two children is what people describe Virgilio “Ver” Liquido. He has been an OFW for 16 years at Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Because of the passion and dedication to his work, Ver builds amplifying trust with his Arabian boss.
Early this year 2019, during working days in Saudi, when Ver experienced occasional cough, night fever, and chest pain. He also experienced abdominal pain, felt bloated, and early satiety. His workmate noticed his sudden weight loss, but no consultation with the doctor was done. After a few weeks, worsening of cough was seen with the development of back pain and easy fatigability.
He consulted a clinic at Saudi where chest x-ray was done and it showed “pleural effusion” (referred to as water on the lungs). Doctors in Saudi advised “thoracentesis,” a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs (pleura) and the wall of the chest. He opted to fly back home (Philippines) for further evaluation.
He went to S.J. Orbe Medical Clinic to have laboratory tests and refer him to another hospital for further evaluation and management. He sought consultation at St. Luke’s Medical Center QC (SLMC) and was admitted on April 18 to April 21, 2019, where he was managed as a case of pleural effusion. He underwent ultrasound-guided thoracentesis on the right and drained 1.2Liters of pleural fluid. He also underwent further imaging due to noted swollen lymph nodes. Biopsy of left inguinal mass was done, and he was then discharged while waiting for histopath results.
At home, he noticed shortness of breath, non-productive cough, increased in abdominal girth with pain, nausea. He went to SLMC for follow-up checkup last May 4, 2019. The partial biopsy result, as his doctor confirmed with histopath, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He was advised for admission due to shortness of breathing.
On the first day of admission (May 4, 2019), he underwent again ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. Milk fluid was drained total of 1.2 liters on the right and 1.2 liters on the left. He was referred to clinical nutrition service because of improper nutrition. Results of pleural fluid studies showed “chylothorax.” It results from lymph formed in the digestive system. His doctor advised for “pigtail” insertion.
Ver diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). He needs 6-8 cycles of, and it is too much costly.
During admission, his doctor advised to took the 1st cycle of chemotherapy immediately.
He received his 1st cycle Chemotherapy with Rituximab (RCHOP). Savings were used up during the first two confinement and cannot afford the succeeding chemotherapy.
While Ver is positive that he will be treated, his savings have been exhausted. He cannot afford the amount needed for the next chemotherapy cycles (every three weeks). His family has been doing everything to come up with funds and applies for a possible discount through Roche Patient Access Program and looking for other institutes and government programs that could help.
We would appreciate any form of support you can give them - donations, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the treatments, or merely spreading Ver’s story will go a long way.
It is recommended to donate through bank deposits to avoid fees/additional fees directly. You can deposit through this BANK ACCOUNTS :
NELLY B LIQUIDO
VERNIE BUEZA LIQUIDO
VERNIE BUEZA LIQUIDO
VERNIE B LIQUIDO
LIQUIDO, VERNIE BUEZA
VERNIE B. LIQUIDO
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